Canada issues LGBTQ travel advisory for U.S.

The advisory states that LGBTQ citizens should check local state laws before visiting.

OTTAWA – The Canadian government has issued a travel advisory for U.S. states to its LGBTQ citizens.

On the government’s travel advice page for the U.S., it advises that “Some states have enacted laws and policies that may affect 2SLGBTQI+ persons. Check relevant state and local laws.”

The Canadian government uses 2SLGBTQI+ to refer to their LGBTQ community.

The advisory did not list specific states. However, FiveThirtyEight reports that more than 100 anti-LGBTQ laws have been passed in states over the past five years. Half of them were just in 2023.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told Reuters that the Canadian government employed experts “to look carefully around the world and to monitor whether there are particular dangers to particular groups of Canadians.”

The overall status for the U.S. remain green for “normal security precautions.”

The HRC issued a national state of emergency in June.

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